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Ninetales (Pokémon)

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Vulpix #037: Vulpix
Pokémon
#039: Jigglypuff Jigglypuff
Ninetales
キュウコン Kyukon
#038
038Ninetales.png
Art by Ken Sugimori from FireRed and LeafGreen
Type
Fire '
Category
Fox Pokémon
Abilities
Flash Fire Drought
Hidden Ability
Exp. at Lv. 100
1,000,000
Regional Pokédex numbers
Kanto
#038
Johto
#128
Hoenn
#154
Unova
#249
Regional Browser numbers
Almia
R-172
Oblivia
R-168 N-109
Height
3'07"
Imperial
1.1 m
Metric
Weight
43.9 lbs.
Imperial
19.9 kg
Metric
Dex color
Yellow
Catch rate
75 (9.8%)
Body style
Body08.png
Footprint
 F038.png 
Gender ratio
25% male, 75% female
Breeding
Field group 21 cycles
(5355 minimum steps)
EV yield
HP
0
Atk
0
Def
0
Sp.Atk
0
Sp.Def
1
Speed
1
Base Exp.: 178 Battle Exp.: 1781*

Ninetales (Japanese: キュウコン Kyukon) is a Fire-type Pokémon.

It evolves from Vulpix when exposed to a Fire Stone.

Biology

Physiology

This fox-like, quadruped Pokémon is covered with a thick, luxurious golden-white fur, as well as having nine tails, each of which is tipped with orange. They also have a fluffy crest atop their heads and a similar ruff around their necks. Ninetales have gleaming red eyes that are said to give them the power of mind control. They can also live up to one thousand years.

Gender differences

None.

Special abilities

Ninetales are based on the kitsune of Japanese mythology, giving them abilities to wield Ghost-type attacks such as Confuse Ray, and the fairly Ghost exclusive Will-O-Wisp. They are also very vengeful Pokémon and have been known to curse those who mistreat them. Ninetales are highly intelligent Pokémon that understand human speech. Many legends surround this Pokémon, one of which states that Ninetales was born when nine saints were united and reincarnated as this Pokémon. Ninetales have also been shown on several occasions to be able to swim, most notably in Mewtwo Returns and The Power Of One, which is unusual for most Fire-types.

Behavior

This Pokémon's extreme intelligence lends to what most consider Psychic-type characteristics, though Ninetales has never officially been described as anything other than a Fire-type. It also seems to hold grudges very easily and will curse humans and Pokémon alike if they touch one of its tails.

Habitat

Like its pre-evolution, Ninetales can be found in grassy plains, near active volcanoes, or in shaded mountainous areas, as well as urban areas such as parks and in avenues, more commonly at night. They are also found in areas associated with death, such as Mt. Pyre.

Diet

Main article: Pokémon food

They are often found with Rawst Berries.

In the anime

Major appearances

Ninetales in the anime

In Beauty and the Breeder, a friend of Suzy named Zane had a Ninetales and used it in a Pokémon breeding contest.

In Just Waiting On A Friend, a very old Ninetales befriended Brock, who bore a resemblance to her long lost master. This Ninetales created all sorts of illusions, including one of a woman through which it spoke.

Minor appearances

Ninetales was first seen in Electric Soldier Porygon.

Ninetales made its dub debut in The Battling Eevee Brothers.

The Cinnabar Island Gym Leader, Blaine, used a Ninetales against Ash in their first Gym battle in Riddle Me This. It reappeared in a flashback in Volcanic Panic.

In Mewtwo Strikes Back, a Ninetales owned by Neesha was one of the Pokémon that were captured and cloned by Mewtwo. The Ninetales clone is seen again in Mewtwo Returns.

A Ninetales made a cameo appearance in Misty Meets Her Match. This Ninetales belonged to Rudy.

Ninetales also appeared in The Power of One.

An injured Ninetales appeared under the care of Katrina in A Bite to Remember.

Multiple Ninetales appeared in the opening of Destiny Deoxys.

Ninetales also had a cameo during the opening credits of Lucario and the Mystery of Mew, taking part in the festival honoring Sir Aaron. Also, one appeared in the opening of the movie.

A Ninetales appeared in a flashback in Mutiny in the Bounty! as one of J's captured Pokémon.

Pokédex entries

Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP058 Ninetales Ash's Pokédex Ninetales, the Fox Pokémon. It is the evolved form of the Fire Pokémon Vulpix.
Original series entries continue below.
Episode Pokémon Source Entry
EP169 Ninetales Ash's Pokédex Ninetales, the Fox Pokémon. The evolved form of Vulpix. It has nine tails and a shining golden fleece. Ninetales are said to live very long lives.
EP232 Ninetales Ash's Pokédex Ninetales, the Fox Pokémon. Ninetales is the evolved form of Vulpix. Each of its tails contains a different mystical power.
This concludes the entries from the original series.

In the manga

Blue's Ninetales in Pokémon Adventures

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

In Pokémon Adventures, Red and Blue both tried catching the same Ninetales. In the scuffle for its Poké Ball, Blue managed to claim it, asserting that the right belongs to him, as his Machamp was the one who weakened it. It is not seen very much since its capture, but was able to use a powerful Fire Blast to super-heat the tournament arena at the Pokémon League finals where the two had one final match to determine the region's champion. This inadvertently led to Blue's defeat when the water vapor its attack expelled from Poli became charged with Pika's electricity, providing a large thundercloud for Saur to exploit using its vine, which was wrapped around Blue's Charizard at the time.

It has since been placed into his secondary team at the Viridian Gym, where it was trained to battle challengers in the event that Blue was absent.

Magma Admin Courtney uses a Ninetales as her main battler.

In the Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team manga

In Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ginji's Rescue Team, the Curse of Ninetales is the reason why main character Ginji was transformed into a Torchic.

In the Pokémon Pocket Monsters manga

Koga sent out Ninetales to participate in the No. 1 Pokémon Contest.

In the Pokémon Zensho manga

Blaine's Ninetales was seen in the Cinnabar Gym when Satoshi enters it.

In the Pokémon Battle Frontier manga

Enta's Vulpix evolved into Ninetales in the final chapter.

In the TCG

Main article: Ninetales (TCG)

Game data

NPC appearances

  • Pokémon Mystery Dungeon: Ninetales cast a curse on a human that would turn it into a Pokémon, bringing on many natural disasters. The player is blamed for this and travels to the home of Ninetales at the top of Mt. Freeze to learn the truth. Ninetales later appears when Gengar wishes to right what he did to Gardevoir. He gives Gengar the Nine-tailed Crest and sending him and the player to Murky Cave.

Pokédex entries

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1000-year curse.
Blue
Yellow According to an enduring legend, 9 noble saints were united and reincarnated as this Pokémon.
Stadium It is extremely vindictive. It is said to lay a 1,000-year long curse if its tail is pulled as a joke.
Generation II
Gold Some legends claim that each of its nine tails has its own unique type of special mystic power.
Silver Its nine beautiful tails are filled with a wondrous energy that could keep it alive for 1,000 years.
Crystal It is said to live a thousand years, and each of its tails is loaded with supernatural powers.
Stadium 2 Some legends claim that each of its nine tails has its own unique type of special mystic power.
Generation III
Ruby Ninetales casts a sinister light from its bright red eyes to gain total control over its foe's mind. This Pokémon is said to live for a thousand years.
Sapphire Legend has it that Ninetales came into being when nine wizards possessing sacred powers merged into one. This Pokémon is highly intelligent - it can understand human speech.
Emerald It has long been said that each of the nine tails embody an enchanted power. A long-lived Ninetales will have fur that shines like gold.
FireRed It has nine long tails and fur that gleams gold. It is said to live for 1,000 years.
LeafGreen Very smart and very vengeful. Grabbing one of its many tails could result in a 1000-year curse.
Generation IV
Diamond Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
Pearl
Platinum
HeartGold Some legends claim that each of its nine tails has its own unique type of special mystic power.
SoulSilver Its nine beautiful tails are filled with a wondrous energy that could keep it alive for 1,000 years.
Generation V
Black Its nine tails are said to be imbued with a mystic power. It can live for a thousand years.
White
Black 2 9ほんの ながい しっぽ それぞれに じんつうりきが こめられており 1000ねん いきることが できる。
White 2
Generation VI
X Unknown
Y Unknown

Game locations

This Pokémon was unavailable prior to Generation I.
Generation I
Red Blue
None Evolve Vulpix (Blue only)
Blue (Japan)
None Trade
Yellow
None Evolve Vulpix
Generation II
Gold Silver
None Evolve Vulpix (Silver only)
Crystal
None Trade
Generation III
Ruby Sapphire
None Evolve Vulpix
Emerald
None Evolve Vulpix
FireRed LeafGreen
None Evolve Vulpix (LeafGreen only)
Colosseum
None Trade
XD
None Evolve Vulpix
Generation IV
Diamond Pearl
None Evolve Vulpix
Platinum
None Evolve Vulpix
HeartGold SoulSilver
None Evolve Vulpix  (SoulSilver only)
Pal Park
Field
Pokéwalker
None
Generation V
Black White
Rare Abundant Shrine (Rustling Grass)
Black 2 White 2
Unknown Abundant Shrine
Dream World
None
Generation VI
X Y
None Trade


In side games

Game Location
Pokémon Pinball Evolve Vulpix
Pokémon Pinball:
Ruby & Sapphire
Evolve Vulpix
Pokémon Trozei! Endless Level 6
Endless Level 11
Forever Level 55
Mr. Who's Den
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red/Blue Rescue Team
Evolve Vulpix
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time/Darkness
Treeshroud Forest (10F-20F)
Pokémon Ranger:
Shadows of Almia
Almia Castle
Pokémon Ranger:
Guardian Signs
Odd Temple
Pokémon Rumble Fiery Furnace Normal Mode C & A
Pokémon Rumble Blast Lava: Firebreathing Mountain
Autumnwood: Volcanic Slope*, Firebreathing Mountain*
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure Lava Zone

In events

Games Event Language Location Level Distribution period
List of Japanese Nintendo event Pokémon in 2012#Ninetales Powerful Tag Pokémon Japan 2012 50 Never

Held items

Game Held Item(s)
Emerald* Rawst Berry Rawst Berry (100%)
Black White Rawst Berry Rawst Berry (100%)
Events* Chesto Berry Chesto Berry (100%)

Stats

Base stats

Stat Range
At Lv. 50 At Lv. 100
HP: 73
133 - 180 256 - 350
Attack: 76
72 - 140 141 - 276
Defense: 75
72 - 139 139 - 273
Sp.Atk: 81
77 - 146 150 - 287
Sp.Def: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Speed: 100
94 - 167 184 - 328
Total: 505   Other Pokémon with this total  
  • Minimum stats are calculated with 0 EVs, IVs of 0, and a hindering nature, if applicable.
  • Maximum stats are calculated with 252 EVs, IVs of 31, and a helpful nature, if applicable.
  • This Pokémon's  Special  base stat in Generation I was 100.


Pokéathlon stats

Speed
3/4 ★★★
Power
2/3 ★★
Skill
4/5 ★★★★
Stamina
2/3 ★★
Jump
3/3 ★★★
Total
14/18 ★★

Type effectiveness

Under normal battle conditions in Generation V, this Pokémon is:
Damaged
normally by:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Weak to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Immune to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Resistant to:
Normal
Fighting
Flying
Poison
Ground
Rock
Bug ½×
Ghost
Steel ½×
Fire ½×
Water
Grass ½×
Electric
Psychic
Ice ½×
Dragon
Dark
None
Notes:

Learnset

By leveling up

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 Level   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
00Start Nasty Plot Dark Status 0000 —% 20
00Start Ember Fire Special 04040 100100% 25
00Start Quick Attack Normal Physical 04040 100100% 30
00Start Confuse Ray Ghost Status 0000 100100% 10
00Start Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —% 25
  • A level of "Start" indicates a move that will be known by a Ninetales obtained at level 1 in Generation V
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see level-up moves from other generations

By TM/HM

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 TM   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM03 Psyshock Psychic Special 08080 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM04 Calm Mind Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 20
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM05 Roar Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Poison Sprite.png TM06 Toxic Poison Status 0000 090}}90% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM10 Hidden Power Normal Special 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM11 Sunny Day Fire Status 0000 —}}—% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM15 Hyper Beam Normal Special 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM17 Protect Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM20 Safeguard Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 25
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM21 Frustration Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM22 SolarBeam Grass Special 120120 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM27 Return Normal Physical 0000 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Ground Sprite.png TM28 Dig Ground Physical 08080 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM32 Double Team Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM35 Flamethrower Fire Special 09595 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM38 Fire Blast Fire Special 120120 085}}85% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM42 Facade Normal Physical 07070 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM43 Flame Charge Fire Physical 05050 100}}100% 20
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM44 Rest Psychic Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM45 Attract Normal Status 0000 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM48 Round Normal Special 06060 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM50 Overheat Fire Special 140140 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Grass Sprite.png TM53 Energy Ball Grass Special 08080 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM59 Incinerate Fire Special 03030 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Fire Sprite.png TM61 Will-O-Wisp Fire Status 0000 075}}75% 15
Bag TM Dark Sprite.png TM66 Payback Dark Physical 05050 100}}100% 10
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM68 Giga Impact Normal Physical 150150 090}}90% 5
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM77 Psych Up Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
Bag TM Psychic Sprite.png TM85 Dream Eater Psychic Special 100100 100}}100% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM87 Swagger Normal Status 0000 090}}90% 15
Bag TM Normal Sprite.png TM90 Substitute Normal Status 0000 —}}—% 10
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see TM moves from other generations

By breeding

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Father   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
PsyduckGolduck Disable Normal Status 100% 20
VulpixNinetalesNuzleafShiftry Extrasensory Psychic Special 80 100% 30
MeowthPersianUmbreonSneaselWeavileTeddiursa
UrsaringHoundourHoundoomNuzleafShiftrySlakoth
VigorothSlakingSkittyDelcattyMawileSpinda
KecleonGlameowPuruglyScraggyScraftyZorua
ZoroarkDeerlingSawsbuck
Faint Attack Dark Physical 60 —% 20
DunsparcePhanpyDonphanZigzagoonLinooneSlakoth
VigorothSlakingTorkoalSpindaCubchooBeartic
Flail Normal Physical 100% 15
GrowlitheArcaninePonytaRapidashCombuskenBlaziken
MonfernoInfernapeTepigPigniteEmboarDarumaka
Darmanitan
Flare Blitz Fire Physical 120 100% 15
GrowlitheArcanineTorkoal Heat Wave Fire Special 100 90% 10
Smeargle Hex Ghost Special 50 100% 10
HoundourHoundoomPoochyenaMightyenaWhismurLoudred
ExploudElectrikeManectric
Howl Normal Status —% 40
StantlerSpindaGlameowPuruglyPatratWatchog
MunnaMusharna
Hypnosis Psychic Status 60% 20
EspeonGirafarig Power Swap Psychic Status —% 10
RattataRaticateEkansArbokPikachuRaichu
SandshrewSandslashNidoran♂NidorinoNidokingVulpix
NinetalesDiglettDugtrioMeowthPersianPsyduck
GolduckMankeyPrimeapeGrowlitheArcaninePonyta
RapidashFarfetch'dSeelDewgongRhyhornRhydon
RhyperiorTaurosEeveeVaporeonJolteonFlareon
EspeonUmbreonLeafeonGlaceonCyndaquilQuilava
TyphlosionSentretFurretMareepFlaaffyAmpharos
WooperQuagsireAipomAmbipomGirafarigDunsparce
SnubbullGranbullSneaselWeavileTeddiursaUrsaring
SwinubPiloswineMamoswineDelibirdHoundourHoundoom
PhanpyDonphanStantlerTorchicCombuskenBlaziken
PoochyenaMightyenaZigzagoonLinooneSeedotNuzleaf
ShiftrySlakothVigorothSlakingWhismurLoudred
ExploudSkittyDelcattyMawileElectrikeManectric
WailmerWailordNumelCameruptTorkoalSpoink
GrumpigSpindaZangooseSeviperKecleonAbsol
SphealSealeoWalreinChimcharMonfernoInfernape
PiplupPrinplupEmpoleonBidoofBibarelShinx
LuxioLuxrayPachirisuBuizelFloatzelBuneary
LopunnyGlameowPuruglyStunkySkuntankLucario
HippopotasHippowdon
Secret Power Normal Physical 70 100% 20
Dunsparce Spite Ghost Status 100% 10
MinccinoCinccino Tail Slap Normal Physical 25 85% 10
  • Moves marked with an asterisk (*) must be chain bred onto Ninetales in Generation V
  • Moves marked with a double dagger (‡) can only be bred from a Pokémon who learned the move in an earlier generation.
  • Moves marked with a superscript game abbreviation can only be bred onto Ninetales in that game.
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Egg moves from other generations

By tutoring

Generation V
Other generations:
II - III - IV - VI
 Game   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
This Pokémon learns no moves by tutoring.
  • A black abbreviation in a colored box indicates that Vulpix can be tutored the move in that game
  • A colored abbreviation in a white box indicates that Vulpix cannot be tutored the move in that game
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Vulpix
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Vulpix
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see Move Tutor moves from other generations

By a prior evolution

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV - VI
 Stage   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
037 Tail Whip Normal Status 100% 30
037 Fire Spin Fire Special 35 85% 15
037 Imprison Psychic Status —% 10
037 Flame Burst Fire Special 70 100% 15
037 Captivate Normal Status 100% 20
037 Inferno Fire Special 100 50% 5
037 Grudge Ghost Status —% 5
037 Extrasensory Psychic Special 80 100% 30
037 Dark Pulse Dark Special 80 100% 15
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see moves from other generations

By events

Generation V
Other generations:
I - II - III - IV
 Event   Move   Type   Cat.   Pwr.   Acc.   PP 
Powerful Tag Pokémon Heat Wave Fire Special 100 90% 10
  • A superscript level indicates that Ninetales can learn this move normally in Generation V at that level
  • Bold indicates a move that gets STAB when used by Ninetales
  • Italic indicates a move that gets STAB only when used by an evolution of Ninetales
  • Click on the generation numbers at the top to see event moves from other generations

Side game data

Pokémon Pinball
 Pin038.png 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Pinball RS
 PinRS038.png 
Acquisition: Evolve
Pokémon Trozei!
 Trozeiani038.gif 
Rarity: Rare
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Red Rescue Team and Blue Rescue Team
MDP038.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: Evolve
Friend Area: Darkness Ridge
Phrases
51%-100% HP Feel privileged to see the 1,000-year knowledge of our clan!
26%-50% HP This won't do. I've only half my health remaining.
1%-25% HP My eyes grow dim... Is this how our 1,000-year legacy ends?
Level up Rejoice! My level has gone up!
Partner phrases
51%-100% HP <name>, my HP is between 51% and 100%.
26%-50% HP <name>, my HP is between 26% and 50%.
1%-25% HP <name>, my HP is between 1% and 25%.
Level up Rejoice! My level has gone up!
Pokémon Mystery Dungeon
Explorers of Time, Explorers of Darkness
,
and Explorers of Sky
MDP038.png Body size: 1
Recruit rate: -4.5%
IQ group: G
Pokémon Ranger
Group:  Normal  Poké Assist: None Field move: None
Loops: 0 Min. exp.: 0 Max. exp.: 0
Browser entry  
This Pokémon does not have a browser entry.
Pokémon Ranger: Shadows of Almia
Group:  Fire  Poké Assist: Fire PA.png
( Fire )
Field move: Burn 4 field move.png
(Burn ×4)
Browser entry  
While protecting itself with a ghostly ring of fire, it breaths streams of fire to attack.
Pokémon Ranger: Guardian Signs
Group: Poké Assist: Field move:
 Fire  Fire Assist.png
( Fire )
Past
Electric Assist.png
( Normal )
Burn 2 field move.png
(Burn ×2)
Past
Electrify 1 field move.png
(Electrify ×1)
Browser entry  
It sends out pillars of fire to attack.
Attack
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack
Defense ●●
Speed ●●●
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
Attack Not
Available
Defense
Speed
PokéPark Wii: Pikachu's Adventure
PPW038.png PokéPark Pad entry:
Ninetales came to the Lava Zone in search of fun. Which is just what she found at Absol's Hurdle Bounce!
PokéPark 2: Wonders Beyond
None.png Strong: {{{Park2strong}}} Weak: {{{Park2weak}}}
PokéPark Pad entry:
This Pokémon has no PokéPark Pad entry.
None.png HP: Move: {{{ConquestMove}}}
Attack: Ability 1: {{{ConquestAbility1}}}
Defense: Ability 2: {{{ConquestAbility2}}}
Speed: Ability 3: {{{ConquestAbility3}}}
Does not evolve.
Range: 0 Perfect Links: {{{ConquestLink}}}

Evolution

Vulpix
Unevolved
Vulpix
 Fire 
Fire Stone
Fire Stone


Ninetales
First evolution
Ninetales
 Fire 

Sprites

Gen Game
I Red Blue Yellow Red (Ja) Green Back
Spr 1b 038.png Spr 1y 038.png Spr 1g 038.png Spr b g1 038.png
II Gold Silver Crystal   Back
Spr 2g 038.png Spr 2s 038.png Spr 2c 038.gif Spr b 2g 038.png
Spr 2g 038 s.png Spr 2s 038 s.png Spr 2c 038 s.gif Spr b 2g 038 s.png
III Ruby Sapphire Emerald FireRed LeafGreen Back
Spr 3r 038.png Spr 3e 038.png Spr 3f 038.png Spr b 3r 038.png
Spr 3r 038 s.png Spr 3e 038 s.png Spr 3f 038 s.png Spr b 3r 038 s.png
IV Diamond Pearl Platinum HeartGold SoulSilver Back
Spr 4d 038.png Spr 4p 038.png Spr 4h 038.png Spr b 4d 038.png
Spr 4d 038 s.png Spr 4p 038 s.png Spr 4h 038 s.png Spr b 4d 038 s.png
V Black White Black 2 White 2 Back
Spr 5b 038.png Spr 5b 038.png Spr b 5b 038.png
Spr 5b 038 s.png Spr 5b 038 s.png Spr b 5b 038 s.png
Ninetales For other sprites and images, please see Ninetales images on Bulbagarden Archives.

Trivia

  • Ninetales's name was originally spelled as "Nine Tales".
  • Ninetales's name is misspelled as "Ninetails" in the Pokémon Trading Card Game for the Game Boy Color.
  • Despite what many of its Pokédex descriptions say, it cannot learn the move Curse other than by TM03 in Generation II. Even still, due to its typing, Ninetales can only alter its stats with Curse, rather than place one on the target.
    • However, it is still capable of learning Grudge, another "curse-like" move which it can learn by its pre-evolutionary form.
  • In Pokémon Platinum, Ninetales is the one of the few Pokémon not in the Sinnoh Pokédex, and not introduced in Generation IV, to have a new sprite. Muk, Oddish, Hitmonlee, Meowth, Primeape, and Registeel are the others.
  • Vulpix and Ninetales are the only two Fire-type Pokémon species where females outnumber males.
  • In Generation IV, Ninetales's family is able to learn Energy Ball by breeding, but can't through TM. Oddly enough, in Generation V, the reverse occurs.
  • Ninetales has been inconsistently shown with either solid yellow tails or yellow tails with orange tips. The solid yellow tails appear in its original art as well as its Generation I, II, and III sprites while the orange-tipped ones appear in its revamped art, its model in Pokémon Stadium, and its Generation IV and V sprites.
  • As of Generation V, Ninetales's EV Yield (1 Sp. Def, 1 Speed) is unique.
  • Ninetales and Arcanine may be references to female and male beauty, respectively, considering their gender ratios and the fact that many of their Pokédex entries talk about their sheer beauty.

Origin

Ninetales, like Vulpix, are based on foxes. However, in Japan there are certain legends concerning foxes, or kitsune, as they are known there. One such legend which relates to Ninetales the most is how many-tailed foxes can breathe fire, create illusions, and have extremely long lifespans. After living a long time, these creatures take on spirit forms, which may be the reason why these two related Pokémon can learn Ghost-type moves. In particular, Ninetales is based on the 九尾の狐, the nine-tailed fox, which is a fox of advanced age whose fur has turned silver-gold. It is said to have the power of infinite vision.

Name origin

Ninetales is a combination of nine and tales, which is either a corruption of tails or refers to Ninetales's origin as a Japanese myth. It also could possibly be a a reference to the cat o' nine tails whip, which was historically used in military punishments.

Kyukon is a combination of 九 kyū (nine) and 恨 kon (grudge), which refers to the curse that Vulpix and Ninetales may cast on their foes. This is also reflected in Vulpix, which learns Grudge. Alternatively, it can be read as 旧恨 (old grudge). Kon may also refer to the Japanese onomatopoeia kon kon, which is the sound that foxes make. Furthermore, a コンロ konro is a gas burner stove. Also, an alternate reading of the Japanese word for fox, 狐 kitsune, is ko.

In other languages

Language Title Meaning
Japan Flag.png Japanese キュウコン Kyukon Possibly from kyū and kon
France Flag.png French Feunard From feu and renard
Spain Flag.png Spanish Ninetales Same as English name
Germany Flag.png German Vulnona From Vulpes and nona
Italy Flag.png Italian Ninetales Same as English name
South Korea Flag.png Korean 나인테일 Nainteil From the English "nine tail"



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